Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, the former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, on Sunday wept while recounting his 15 years ordeal in jail.
Also, Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, also described the former CSO as a hero.
Al-Mustapha broke down at the Kano State Government House while recalling his ordeal at the Kirikiri Naxunyn Security Prison, Lagos.
The former CSO was detained for about 15 years over the alleged murder of the late Mrs Kudirat Abiola, wife of the late Alhaji Moshood Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.
Kwankwaso said, “Hamza Al-Mustapha was taken away in 1999 in tattered clothes and in chains under a pitiable situation; but today, he has returned a hero. We have always insisted that he was unjustly held. We felt concerned and decided to be part of justice.”
The former CSO was in the Government House along with members of his family and close associates, including the Founder of the Oodua People’s Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun.
He told Kwankwaso that he was a victim of trumped-up charges.
In an emotion-laden speech, Al-Mustapha, who was released via the Court of Appeal judgment on Friday, regretted that he was returning to an empty home.
He said he lost both parents while in detention.
He stated, “I must say that I lost my father and my mother, whom I was forced to see only two times in 15 years.
“Even when the court forced the authorities to allow them to set my eyes on them, the approvals of the court were flagrantly refused. And I was kept and punished the more just as a ploy to ensure that I did not set eyes on my parents.
“I saw my father in 2001, and later in May 2007. My mother, I was allowed to see in 2001 August, and then I was allowed also to see her after a long battle, in 2006 and she died last year, in the month of Ramadan.
“Things we went through are things that I cannot sum up anywhere, but all I can say is that yesterday is gone.
Those who have perpetrated what they did against us have done it in their own deductions, analysis, feelings but to us yesterday is gone. We have drawn a line and we have forgiven them. We are forging ahead to set examples.”
Al-Mustapha commended Fasehun, describing him as a detribalised Nigerian.
He stated, “I have found a father—highly dogmatic, a senior citizen of this country, a detribalised elder, an intellectual, a person that is a father indeed with a wide shoulder and a big hearts a man that is very reliable, responsible, dependable, Dr. Fredrick Fasheun.”
Source: Punch Nigeria